Whilst crimes involving the use of explosives are generally associated with terrorism there exists a number of other crimes also involving the use of explosives.
John Veale of Kangs Solicitors comments.
Legislation | Kangs Explosives Offences Advisory Solicitors
The Explosives Act 1883
By virtue of this Act:
- it is illegal to use, or conspire or intend to use, any substance to cause an explosion which is likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury to property, whether or not an explosion takes place [an example of this may well be an attack upon cash machine involving explosives]
- conviction could potentially result in a lifetime prison sentence
- possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances may result in imprisonment for two years
- anyone assisting the commission of such crime may be as equally liable as the person who actually uses the explosives.
The Customs and Excise Management Act 1979
This Act provides for the prosecution of anyone evading the prohibition on the import of explosives and, provided that it is not terrorist related, could result in a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
Offences In Regard To Fireworks
The storage, transport, preparation and ignition of fireworks are heavily regulated with breaches potentially involving penalties ranging from a fine through to a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter, which could lead to a life sentence, where the person with responsibility is in breach of statutory guidelines/regulations and there exists a causal link between the breach and the death.
A Case In Point | Kangs Explosives Offences Defence Solicitors
Kangs Solicitors recently defended a client who had imported an improvised explosive device and, as it was not terrorist related, our client was charged with:
- Offences under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
- Offences under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
- In the discreet circumstances of the case, our client may, potentially, have also been charged with attempted murder.
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